Diagnosing your allergies
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are no small matter. As many as 200,000 people a year visit the hospital for allergies, and 10,000 of those stay overnight. Some reactions to medicines, food, and insect stings cause death.
Some 30% of adults and 40% of children are affected by allergies, with more than 50 million people suffering from nasal allergies alone.
You can run a test for a single allergen, or you can ask for a group of tests, called a “panel.” Let’s look at the tests that are available to you, and discuss what each one will determine.
Our services provide various allergy tests like the prick test, blood tests, and food challenging tests. Once the diagnosis is made, we will hand over you the results so you can take it to your doctor and get the diagnosis examined from him or her.
This panel focuses on four areas: foods, grasses, pollen, and animals. These allergens contribute to many allergic reactions, so this is a good place to start. This is a blood test, and it is excellent for determining food-based or environmentally-based allergens as a cause for allergic reactions.
Most Commonly Requested Panels
Here is a rundown of some panels many people have ordered and find most useful.
- Children’s Allergy Panel – This is a test that works for children of all ages. It can identify 32 different allergens that can cause allergic reactions. These are considered the basic allergens.
- Regional Panel Number One – This particular test focuses on inhalants only. These include grasses, pollen, and trees but also thing such as dander that can be inhaled. In all, the test covers 45 different inhalants.
- Regional Panel Number Two – The focus here is on local foods. The test examines 45 food allergies that are considered basic and that may be occurring in your region. This includes dairy products, nuts, wheat, shellfish, and fruits.
- Broader Food Panel – If you think foods may be the problem, this panel will let us examine 90 different types of food, including any additives they may contain.
- Combination Panel – This panel examines both food and inhalant sources. It tests for 45 different foods, and 45 common inhalants that cause problems. This is good for those who are unsure of the source of allergens.
- Advanced Combination Panel – If you are more suspicious of foods but also want to test for inhalants, this panel may work for you. It tests for 90 foods and their additives, plus 45 inhalants that can be irritating.